This beautiful world is filled with unbelievable sights to see, both natural and man-made. There are plenty of lesser-known magnificent structures of the ancient civilization that still exist in today’s era. If you have always loved history and are fond of travelling to off-the-beaten-path destinations, here are some of the best historical sites you should visit at least once in your life.
- Bagan Ancient City (Burma)
Bagan deserves to be one of Southeast Asia’s top tourist destinations, but sadly it’s quite unknown. However, this makes it more appealing to those looking for magnificent destinations, minus the crowd. This old city was the centre of the prehistoric Burmese kingdom in the ninth to 13th centuries. Unfortunately, the ancient city has long been abandoned and forgotten by the tourism because of the neglect and poor restorations by the military that until now govern the nation with an iron fist.
- Derinkuyu Underground City (Turkey)
Underground and cave sites have always been fascinating to tourists, probably because they serve as dwelling place during prehistoric times and their use in wars during the ancient and medieval eras. Derinkuyu, located in the province of Turkey, is therefore an interesting archaeological site for tourists. It’s not just a cave site, but an entire underground city, which extends 200 feet underground and can likley shelter about 20,000 people along with their livestock and food storages.
- Newgrange (Ireland)
Often called as ‘Ireland’s Stonehenge,’ Newgrange is just as remarkable as the original Stonehenge of UK and also dates to about the same period. Older than the pyramids of Egypt, this historical structure rises in the middle of the vast green plains of County Meath, as if it naturally emerges from the landscape. It is believed that the site served as a burial place because of the tombs found inside it, but is also said to function as ritual site or solar calendar for ancient people to mark the beginning of New Year.
- Banaue Rice Terraces (Philippines)
Expanding in an area of 4,000 square miles and 5,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of Ifugao, you’ll find something that the locals call the ‘eighth wonder of the world.’ Ancient people did this incredible work by hand more than 2,000 years ago. Today, people are still maintaining the terraces for planting crops, and it’s widely believed that if all the terraces could be lined up side by side, it would be more than enough to encircle the globe. Truly an amazing work.
The next time you set on a trip to explore the historical wonders of the world, include these off-the-beaten-path attractions in your itinerary. The earth is littered with remnants of the ancient era, and you can be sure to find hidden treasures anywhere you go.